The first in six part series of webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza
's first ever DVD, Intense Mega Drumming
can be seen below. The footage was shot this past March in Seattle Washington at UberBeatz studio's, produced and directed by Kari Pearson & Robert Bolger.Intense Mega Drumming
DVD is going to be educational, entertaining and will feature Menza's years of playing drums in MEGADETH with tons of tips & tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player, plus bonus footage of rare & unseen footage from the Menza Mega Vault.
The DVD is expected to be released some time at the end of 2014.
I like both ported and non-ported, but use ported on all my gigging drums because it's better at cutting through the mix (rock & country). About 90% of my gigs don't require mics. One thing I don't like about using non-ported heads is I must tune the batter head differently (much looser) to avoid pedal beater slap-back.
As I practice lately I've noticed that up to around 120 bpm (with a basic 8th note rock groove), I'm able to stay on the center of the beat fairly easily for extended periods of time. However, even going 5-10 bpm above that, I can't seem to make it feel natural to play on the center of the beat. I can do it, but it takes a lot of focus and I don't feel very relaxed. If I play relaxed, I tend to veer towards the back of the beat. I know I don't have to be right on the center of the beat down to the millisecond because I've played along to songs in this same range and when I heard a recording, it sounded like I was on the beat well enough to sound good. However, it's very noticeable with a metronome. If this is happening only at 130, I'm gonna be dragging like crazy in the higher tempos. I actually feel kinda pathetic for running into dragging problems at such a relatively low tempo.
When I do put enough effort in, I can keep on the center of the beat for the most part, but I feel quite a bit of fatigue in my right arm after just a couple of minutes at most. I want to be able to do this for like 8-10 minutes straight with no breaks, and my progress has been quite slow.
Is it a matter of just pushing through (i.e. "fake it 'til ya make it") until it feels natural for me to not start dragging/getting fatigued?
I really don't have any experience with this issue, so I have no advice other than stretching and warming up (without sticks) before you play ... and making sure you employ a loose, relaxed grip with the drumsticks.
I play matched grip. It's possible I could be gripping it too tight. I'll try loosening a bit and I'll report back if that works. Thanks!
« Last post by Chip Donaho on April 15, 2014, 04:52 PM »
It's possible you're gripping the sticks too tight. Do you play old style or matched stick? That could make a difference also.
« Last post by Chip Donaho on April 15, 2014, 04:46 PM »
I usually put a 4" hole off center. I've experimented and it's usually 4" to 6'' from the edge.
Bart hit the nail on the head with the idea that there's no "right" way. Just like with tuning, setup, head choices, etc., porting is mostly subjective.
I personally like a small hole (for a 22" bass drum, no bigger than 5"), and I like it offset. While a larger hole will dry up the drum quite a bit, putting the hole in the center can have a similar effect, since the air escapes in direct line with the beater. And although there are different micing techniques, I've heard that due to the pattern of sound in the drum, most prefer not to mic the drum directly in line with the beater.
All I can say is, experiment until you find what fits best for you, and don't be afraid to test out things you normally wouldn't. You might find those things work best for you!
Lately (particularly these past four months), I've been figuring out a lot of my bad drumming habits which have tripped me up these past three years, and I've been practicing more to weed them out, with a more than decent degree of success so far. The only problem I've noticed is that in my left wrist, I've started to feel some pain reminiscent of what I had years ago in high school. I used to have cysts that would swell up in my wrists when I practiced. For years they never showed up, but I've still noticed during the past month that the cyst in my left wrist is beginning to bug me again at times. Are there ways to prevent this from happening? I REALLY don't want to have to wear a wrist brace, which would be impractical anyway since my job would require me to take it off during work hours. Also, I find it funny that it's not happening in my primary hand. That wrist moves WAY more since it's the primary time keeping limb, so you'd think it'd happen more there than my left hand. Weird. Anyway, any suggestions for minimizing the effects of cysts?
The port in the Kick/Bass drum is really for getting the mic inside the drum, to capture that particular sound. However, one does NOT have to port the drum in order to mic it. Numerous professional drummers do not port their Kick/Bass drum ... and even mic it from the front resonant head (not inside).
There's no "right" way with respect to porting or not porting. It all comes down to the sound that YOU want and like.
Another item worth mentioning is that porting the drum will make it less resonant. The bigger the port hole, the more air escapes; less surface area on the resonant head for the air to push against. For the fullest sound, don't port the Kick/Bass drum.
I would encourage you to search the forum here at Drummer Cafe for past threads and discussions on this topic. You'll be able to glean the opinion and insight from others as well.